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20 June 2014 at 09:23
Catering staff at Southport hospital are celebrating winning a clutch of awards.

Chef Karl Watling, 24, was named North West Chef of the Year at the Hospital Caterers Association Awards held in Bury. The honour came only a week after he was named Support Worker of the Year at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust Pride Awards held at the resort’s Floral Hall.

Karl, who with colleagues cooks meals for patients and visitors to the hospital restaurant, was nominated for the regional catering award by his manager Tracy Potter.

She said: “Karl was showing a real passion for cooking and wanted to learn more so he did a NVQ level 3 in his own time at Southport College. He has brought some amazing dishes to the restaurant. This has improved income and created a buzz throughout the Trust as customers are spreading the word about his amazing dishes.”

Karl’s prize was a trophy and £100 with judges looking for someone who leads by example, sets high standards, motivates the team and strives for excellence.

“It was a privilege to be nominated and have my work and my colleagues’ recognised,” he said.

Karl started working at Southport hospital in early 2013 but 47 years earlier his colleague Renate Bengs began working in the kitchens of the former Southport General Infirmary.

The 69-year-old catering assistant and former team leader was commended for her service with the title of North West Diamond Catering Assistant 2014 at the Bury awards event for her long service.

The criteria were for a catering assistant who was dependable, reliable, always willing to help and had that something special. She retired aged 60 but returned to work two months later “because I was bored”.

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

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Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We also provide sexual health services across Sefton and West Lancashire. The Trust has a budget of £186m and employs 3,600 staff. In 2013/14, we saw 248,102 outpatients; treated 61,096 inpatients; made 305,750 community care contacts outside hospital; supported the birth of 2,766 babies; and attended to 95,146 urgent care cases.